May 7-- 10
EMC Senior Project
May 8 3:30 p.m.
May 12 10 a.m.
Major: EMC-- Audio
What are your plans for the future? I'd like to work somewhere where I can be creative and tell emotionally impacting stories through the media.
What opportunities have you had at Northwestern?
I've had the chance to be the programming director for 98.5 HD2 The Remnant, host on-air shifts with WVOE and The Remnant, work part-time at KTIS and travel to both Belize and Nashville [with the Communication Department]. What is your favorite thing about NWC?
I don't know if it's my favorite or not, but I'm thankful for the relationships I've built within the EMC program. I'm blessed to be a part of this community.
Where has life taken you after Northwestern?
Professionally: After graduating I took a public relations writing internship at Mall of America for just under six months. Because of a few connections I made, plus my experience at MOA, I found myself at Olson as a public relations and social engagement o-tern in June 2011. That fall, Olson hired me on and I now work on three national brands focusing primarily on media relations for two and social engagement for one. Personally: I decided to have another adventure and moved to Uptown. I've also gotten really involved in my church with both our youth group and small groups.
What advice do you have for current students?
My best pieces of advice are things everyone told me that I only halfheartedly paid attention to: ENJOY where you're at now--- it's a unique time in life and is a much bigger blessing than you realize; be curious--- ask all of your questions; meet people--- especially if you are a PR major, meeting people is essentially for landing good internships and jobs as well as continuing to grow in your discipline; get experience--- try many different things, take internships whether they are paid or not, work hard and keep learning; make and maintain relationships--- the friends I met in college have been my favorite part of life after graduation.
Five16 Film Festival draws record attendance
On Monday, April 16, the lobby of Maranatha Hall was filled with the smell of popcorn and perfume. A line of chattering students in glittering dresses and crisp suits wound down the hall toward the red carpet and the flash of cameras. The Five16 Film Festival, the highly anticipated event showcasing NWC students' films, attracted a record attendance of 950 students, professors, alumni and film professionals.
The film festival is a chance for film students to explore their passion for storytelling and to experiment with new ideas and concepts outside of their comfort zones. Senior Abby Miller said, "My film The Working Manny was by far the most difficult as I wrote, casted, shot, produced, directed and edited the entire film by myself. It was a great accomplishment. My other film, a documentary about Dan Hanson, was a raw, moving and breathtaking documentary to make. Challenging, but worth it!"
New to this year's festival, local production company Main Point Media sponsored the festival, contributing $400 for each winning student filmmaker. Also a new addition to the festival, this year's Audience Choice vote took place via text message rather than traditional paper ballot.
Winners of the festival include:
- Best Animation: Waffles by Kimberly Mills
- Best Comedy: Janitized by Luke Stapleton
- Best Documentary: Poet by Anna Marie Carey
- Best Drama/Audience Choice: Cherish by David DeLeon
- Best Actor: Max Rymer in Cherish
- Best Actress: Ashley Young in Charioteer
Best Comedy winner Luke Stapleton said of his film Janitized, "One of my favorite parts, even though it was crazy cold, was shooting the last scene at the lake. It was fun, well planned, everything went smoothly and it turned out great. Another of my favorite parts was simply writing and developing the idea over the course of last summer and early fall. I really liked the idea and enjoyed making it happen and creating the story. I also enjoyed editing because it is fun to see a project finally take shape and form a scene, another scene and finally a whole film!"
The winning films from this and past festivals can be viewed on the Five16 Film Festival YouTube site, and photos from the event are available on the Five16 Facebook page.
|Seignious wraps up semester-long sabbatical
At Northwestern, students often hear of professors going on sabbatical, yet many do not understand what the journey really encompasses. Associate Professor of Communication Mark Seignious, who has been his own sabbatical since January, shared a bit about the process and purpose of the sabbatical.A sabbatical is a time of renewal and an opportunity to gain a refreshed outlook on teaching techniques. Professors at NWC can apply every seven years for the opportunity to work on something that interests them in their field of study. As part of his sabbatical, Professor Seignious has traveled to conventions, taught classes and workshops and gained spiritual depth.
In January Seignious taught a "Media, Culture and Communication" class at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis. This spring he also served as the chairman for the intercollegiate committee of the National Religious Broadcasters, which included a significant contribution to their national convention in February.
A large part of Seignious' sabbatical experience was teaching radio in the country of Belize. In late February he traveled to Belize and led media classes at a high school, junior college and Christian radio program. Then, during spring break, he joined up with the team from Northwestern to lead a media seminar for Belizean radio and TV professionals.
Seignious is using the rest of his sabbatical to work on a book proposal about the move from media consumers to consumer/producers. He is focusing how the move presents a challenge to Christians.
In addition to spiritually learning through his book proposal, he has been diving into the Bible and understanding what it really means to be in the presence of the Lord. "One day," he said, "I was sitting on a bench overlooking a creek in Belize. I was reminded of Psalm 1, 'How blessed is the man who walks in the counsel of the wicked, not stands in the way of sinners, doesn't sit in the seat of scoffers but finds his delight the law of the Lord.' "
He continued saying, "Recently, I have been convicted about how comfortable I have been in my faith in Christ. Comfortable implies relaxing and taking it easy. Where is the growth in that? It struck me as a dangerous place to be, especially if Christ is to equip me for very good work. Even though I am not equipped to do the work he has planned for me, I find comfort and contentment because I know I can do all things through Him and only Him. The Lord is constantly raising the bar on us. He must increase, and I must decrease. It is now time to for me to get to work!"
Public Relations graduate Kelli Farnam ('10) was recently hired as an Associate Marketing Manager at McKinley Group.
PR alumnus Brian Gordon ('10) has announced candidacy for the Minnesota House of Representatives. Gordon currently works for U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack and previously for the Bachmann for Congress campaign.
This month junior EMC major Krista Koester traveled to Nashville to work with a tour manager over the course of a three-date tour with several artists and speakers. The team's responsibilities included working with the venue, coordinating volunteers, meeting the needs of crew and artists and making sure the show ran as planned.
On Monday, April 2, the Communication Department hosted its semi-annual Northwestern SpeakOff competition. The winner in the Informative category was Kelly Werness, and the Persuasive category winner was Neomi Dominguiz-Nelson.
|Note From the Chair|
This summer: read a book!
Just as people use tools to shape the world, the tools we use shape us. Use your hands, and you'll get calluses. Spend a summer swinging a sledge hammer, and it will shape your physique. This rule applies to intellectual tools as well. Our brains are shaped by the media we use. That's the message of the bestselling book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. Read this book, and you'll realize how important it is to read others.
Author Nicholas Carr draws on a wide range of research to demonstrate that extended exposure to online media robs us of our power to concentrate, comprehend and recall. He explains that the Internet "delivers precisely the kind of sensory and cognitive stimuli--- repetitive, intensive, interactive, addictive--- that have been shown to result in strong and rapid alterations in brain circuits and functions."
The Internet is one big distraction machine. When you're looking at something online, it's almost always surrounded by other things you could be looking at, all just a click away. Even online text is packed with links to other material, and convincing evidence suggests that as the number of links goes up, comprehension and recall plummet.
It's not all bad. Time spent online can build skills in decoding, task-switching, decision-making and problem-solving. But if you're not also reading print, you wind up sacrificing the ability to focus, and to think and understand deeply. The person who lets screen culture completely displace print culture is like a bodybuilder who works his arms, but lets his legs atrophy.
The solution? Make sure to balance your screen time with print time. This summer, go to your local library and pick a book to read just for fun. Find time to step away from the constant buzz of our always-connected world and enjoy the deep pleasure of getting lost in a good book. Your brain will thank you.
Communication Department Chair